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TEXT OF THB SPEECH MADE BY 
MYRON C. FAGAN FROM THE STAGE 
OF THE EL PATIO. THEATRE AFTER 
THE OPENING NIGHT PERFORMANCE 
OF "THIEVES PARADISE" ON MON- 
DAY, APRIL 12, 1948. 

'Tonight, my frisnde, you shall hear about Com. 
murium In Hollywood that will shock you Into a full 
realization of what a menace these traitors are to the 
safety of America. 

As most of you know, the re-opening of "Thieves 
Paradise" here Instead of in New York was prompted 
by the determination of the courageous American 
women who organized "Citizens United for American 
Principles" for the distinct purpose of proving to the 
Hollywood Communists and their despicable patsy- 
waiaies that they cannot control the legitimate 



The Iron Ring 



But not until I began to organize for the re-opening 
of "Thieves Paradise" did I become fully aware what 
an Iron ring the Commies have welded around the 
Motion Picture Studios and the Broadcasting Stations. 
The moment I announced my intention to re-open 
they came roaring out of their rat holes with one 
cry: "Stop 'Thlsves Paradise' at all costs!" Why? 
Because this Is the first and only anti-Communist 
play to appear on th* stage — and they fully realize 
that If this play survives their sabotage It will break 
their hold— it will stiffen the spines of the Studio 
heads — it will encourage other playwrights to start a 
cycle of anti-Communist plays and films. And the 
pressure they applied against me this time was far 
greater than the first time. And they were arrogant- 
ly positive that they would make it impossible for 
me to re-open. Likewise they had everybody in thi 
profession convinced that I would never be able to 
re-open. Theatre owners demanded cash in advance 
for two weeks of all operational costs. Even John 
Huber, the man who publishes the regular program 
for alt the theaters demanded that 1 put up the cost 
of printing the Playgoer to insure him against loss — 
that's why you do not see the Playgoer in this theater 
tonight. Agents bluntly told me they would not or 
couid not permit their actors to appear in this play, 
I have had to comb, literally, thru the entire actor 
colony in Hollywood to find eight actors — and under- 
studies — with enough courage and American spirit to 
(Wv the thrrats of the Commies that It would mean 
the end of their careers If they dared to appear in 
this play. 



Club Women Aroused 

To give you a clear, but by no means a complete 
picture of how J eeply the Commies have entrenched 
themselves in Hollywood, 1 will go back to the day 
after they forced the closing of "Thieves Paradise" 
last New Year's Eve: 1 was preparing to leave for 
New York when a prominent Club woman called 
me on the phone and asked me to hold my departure 
In abeyance for a few days — she was very anxious 
to have me meet a group of Presidents of Women's 
Clubs and tell them exactly what had happened. She 
told me how she had been fighting Communism in 
Hollywood for 20 years — and what an uphill fight it 
had been. Of course, I promptly agreed to meet with 
her- — and help, if I could. When I met these women 
i was deeply moved by their grand and unselfish 
Americanism. They urged me to re-open "Thieves 
Paradise" right here In Hollywood in defiance of the 
Reds — and they promised me the support of the full 
■membership of their Clubs. I hesitated. I had just 
been thru a very tough and grueling experience — and 
I knew how much tougher It would be to re-open. 
They continued to urge me — and then proposed to 
hold a luncheon meeting two weeks later at which 
they would assemble at least another hundred presi- 
dents of other Women's clubs who would also sup- 
port the re- opening — and make that re-opening the 
breach into the Red stronghold. I agreed to listen 
some more. Now I come to my most startling dis- 
covery — of how the Studio heads themselves actually 
protect the Communists In the industry. 

Reign of Terror in Hollywood 

They had asked me to get a Movie "celebrity"' to 
attend this meeting— to speak on "Communism in 
Hollywood." Preferably one of those men who had 
gone to Washington to appear before the Thomas 
Committee. 1 spoke to at least a dozen men, all old 
frlendB, men who had worked in my plays and 
pictures — and all staunch Americans. One by one. 
they all "reluctantly" turned me down. It puzzled 
me. Finally one of them gave me the true reason for 
all these turndowns. 

Shortly after that the Thomas investigation fizzled 
out, and the "friendly witnesses" returned from 
Washington, a strict but secret order had grapevined 
its way thru all the Agents' offices that anybody no 
matter how big a personality, who would dare to talk 
about Communism In the iVotlon Picture Industry 
would be blacklisted out of Hollywood! This state 
ment came from a star who commands $100,000 per 
picture! At this time I won't mention his name be- 
'caaise if 1 do he will be through. But I am willing, 
if called upon, to give that name in strict confidence 
'.o J. Edgar Hoover. However. I could hardly believe 
what I heard. I Immediately put the ouestion to one 
of the Studio heads and. after I pledged myself not 
to divulge his name, he confirmed that statement, and 
then proceeded to vindicate tha* stand by the "Gods 
of the Industry." He pointed out that Studios had 



millions of dollars Invested in such stars an Katherlna 
Hepburn, Gene Kelley, John Garfield, Myrna Loy. etc., 
etc.. whose values would be aestroyed if their nnme3 
w-re publicly linked with Communism. 

Movie Colony Founded on Reds 

"Do you mean to tell me,*' 1 demanded, "that the 
Louis B. Mayers, the Harry Warners, the Schenka 
and the David Selznicks are deliberately fostering 
Communism in the picture industry — and allowing 
those rats to poison the minds of our youth Just to 
save their lousy dollars?" 

"Oh, no!" replied this executive, "but we are in a 
tough spot which you can't seem to understaTd. We 
have a great many brilliant minds in our industry, 
great actors, great writers, great directors. It's true, 
unfortunately, that some are communlstically inclined, 
but we could not survive without them." 

"Weil, my friend." I retorted, "all t can say is that 
If the motion picture Industry cannot survive without 
.hose rats, then the motion picture Industry has no 
right to survive." 

At this point I will show you just how far these 
Studio heads go to protect these "communlstically 
inclined" enemies of America — and, 'n turn, punish 
others for their Americanism. 

Katherine Hepburn, an 
Example 

Katherine Hepburn's love for Joe Stalin la no secret. 
However, she is coming out In "State of the Union." 
MGM has long been Jittery about what would happen 
to that picture unless something was done to white- 
wash that young woman. So one of the big shots sold 
Fulton Lewis a bill of goods that little Miss Hepburn 
has decided to repent and recant. One of the things 
she io supposed to have repented of and recanted is 
her now famous — or shall we say, infamous? speech 
on behalf of Mister Henry A. Wallace in which she 
denounced "the Thomas Congressional investigating 
Committee and— quote "All their ilk" unquote; and 
the Tenney Committee and — quote "all their Ilk" 
unquote. 

This MGM executive told Mr. Lewis that Miss Hep- 
burn had been drawn into delivering that speech by 
very dear friends at the last moment, that she was 
naturally a very impetuous little woman and had 
acquiesced Without stopplnn to think— and thus ill 
advisedly read a speech written and prepared by 
others. 

Naturally Mr. Lewis accepted that statement, com- 
ing from such a man, in good faith — and announced 
the story In one of his broadcasts. 

But a short time later Mr. Lewis learned that that 
MGM gentleman had deliberately lied! He also 
learned that upon hearing the broadcast Miss Heo- 
burn had furiously denounced- all the heads of MGM. 



He also learned that MIu Hepburn had herself writ- 
ten that speech — and had deliberately an-f defiantly 
worn a red dress to emphasize Her speech. Can MOM 
deny the truth of this story? To further emphasize 
the fact that Mlaa Hepburn neither repents nor re- 
cants, Edith Gwynne of the Hollywood Reporter has 
announced that Miss Hepburn is going to stump for 
the confused and bewildered Henry to become the 
President of the United States— dear God forbidl 

Myrna Loy Involved 

Another young woman who thinks nothing of lend- 
ing her name and her moral and financial support 
to the enemies of the America which has made her 
popular and wealthy, is Myrna Loy — but she resents 
anybody who dares to expose that fact. Recently in 
an address before the Woman's Club of Long Beach 
1 did expose that fact. Her secretary very promptly 
protested to the President of that Club. The next 
day a representative of the Studio which made her 
last picture called me up and asked me what I had 
said about her. I repeated to him what I had said in 
my address— and told him that if she desired to sue 
nie she could do so, that I would welcome an oppor- 
tunity to cross-examine any of the Stars I mention 
In a Court of Law where perjury is a penitentiary 
offense and a refusal to properly answer questions is 
contempt of court and equally a Jail offense. And 
this representative warned me that the Industry 
would find a way to muzzle me without .nvolvlng 
their stars In open suits. 

Anti-Communists Fired 

And now t will tell you how our "gods of the Mo- 
tion Picture Industry" punish those who have the 
brazen audacity to try to protect America by expos- 
ing the brilliant Communists In Hollywood. 

A writer, who appeared before the Thomas Com- 
mittee in Washington and named names was fired 
and has not had a Job since. Another man, one of 
the most famous names in the industry has been de- 
prived of two picture assignments for which he had 
been scheduled — for the same offense — for naming 
enemleB of America! I will not at this time mention 
the names of these good and loyal Americans — it 
might mean more punishment Tor them by the gods 
of the industry — but 1 am willing to give their names 
—and more facts to the proper authorities If they will 
guarantee to protect the people I name. 

And now Just a word to Eric Johnson; Mr. Johnson, 
you are so busy keeping the films moral and clean 
of sex!- How about keeping them American and clean 
of America's most vicious and mortal enemy: Com- 
munism! It was these discoveries that finallv brought 
me to a decision to re-open "Thieves Paradise." 

At the next meeting of Club Presidents— and there 
were more than 150 present — 1 told them that I 
would re-open "Thieves Paradise" on one condition: 



That they band together to absolutely clean all the 
Reds out of the Studios and Broadcasting Stations. 
My decision was greeted with cheers by all those 
grand women — God bless them. "Give lib a plan I" 
they all cried out. And I gave them the plan: 

Challenge to Good Citizens 

We would organize "Citizens United for A uteri- 
can Principles/' We would enroll at least 75,000 
women members. And then all the members of CUAP 
would boycott any and all pictures in which any 
Red actor appears, or Red writer writes, or Red di. 
rector directs! And blacklist any theater in which 
■ ucfl a picture Is shown! The same treatment to be 
applied to the Broadcasting Stations. Once th is 
movement has gained proper headway in Los Angeles 
we would spread out into San Francisco, Denver, 
Chicago, New York — into every city and village In 
America. We will need no Congressional investiga- 
tions — no laws that can be tied up with red tape by 
unscrupulous lawyers — no futile debates In "town 
hall meetings on the air." 

Public opinion — and a dead box-office will very 
quickly bring about a housecleaning by the Studio 
heads, who value their dollar above the welfare and 
safety of America, 

The Enemy Pool 

Furthermore, we don't care whether an individual 
cannot be proved to be an outright Communist. As 
far as we are concerned any man or woman who is 
a feliow traveler, or belongs to a Red front organiza- 
tion, or has supported Communism with financial or 
moral support, a ta Charlie Chaplin, or has come out 
In open support of the ten branded men who defied 
the Parnell Thomas Investigation, or associates with 
known Communists, openly or in secret, is just as 
guilty of treason, and is just as much an enemy cf 
America as any outright Communist. In fact, more 
sol I have no fear of the known Communlstl It is 
the rat who masquerades as a good American but 
who secretly nourishes the Com ~> u -! ist's slimy cause, 
who is our greatest menace. There are 175 million 
Russians who do not belong to the Communist party, 
but when and if we do have war with Russia, those 
175 million Russians will be shooting at us just as 
much as the three million Communists who rule them. 
By the same token all these fellow travelers, pinks 
and liberals who are supporting, aiding and abetting 
with money and with cheers the outright Commies 
who are working to destroy our country are just as 
guilty as those Commies — and' the Citizens United 
for American Principles will not stop to separate 
them into their various slimy categories, but pool 
them all as enemies of America and refuse to support 
them with our patronage. 

Now — here in my hand, I hold a list of names: some 
of them are outright Reds who hold Communist mem- 
bership cards under fictitious names, some are mem- 



bars of Red front organizations, some are fallow 
travelers, some :re merely poor fools who seek to 
ingratiate themselves with the Comrades, by giving 
them financial aid for moral support — as far as 
CUAP Is concerned they are al! friends of Russia and 
enemies of America— and every one of our members 
hencefoith win refuse to see any picture — or hear any 
broadcast which they write or in which they appear! 



Just 



i*t feel slighted by the bill* 



LARRY AOLER GARSON KANIN 

LAUREN BACALL GEORGE KAUFMAN 

JOAN BENNETT GENE KELLY 

HERBERT J. BIBERMAN CANADA LEE 



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